Project Title

PILOT 1: HOW DO LISTENERS DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FOREIGN AND NATIVE SPEAKERS?

Presenter Hometown

Brandenburg, KY

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Sara Incera

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

We conducted three pilot studies in order to create a corpus of sentences designed to help identify the components involved in listeners’ ratings of foreign accents. The goal is to create a corpus of audio and video clips that we can use in future experiments. Pilot 1 focused on whether listeners are able to distinguish between foreign and native speakers. Participants were asked to listen to a 10 second audio clip and then rate the level of accentedness of each speaker on a response bar ranging from -100 (Native) to 100 (Foreign). We had to exclude five pairs because participants were not able to distinguish between the speakers, so 45 pairs were selected for Pilot 2. We chose native speakers whose accents were reliably rated as native (negative rating), and foreign speakers whose accents were reliably rated as foreign (positive rating). In conclusion, participants were able to reliably rate each speaker and accurately distinguish between the foreign and native speaker for each pair.

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PILOT 1: HOW DO LISTENERS DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FOREIGN AND NATIVE SPEAKERS?

We conducted three pilot studies in order to create a corpus of sentences designed to help identify the components involved in listeners’ ratings of foreign accents. The goal is to create a corpus of audio and video clips that we can use in future experiments. Pilot 1 focused on whether listeners are able to distinguish between foreign and native speakers. Participants were asked to listen to a 10 second audio clip and then rate the level of accentedness of each speaker on a response bar ranging from -100 (Native) to 100 (Foreign). We had to exclude five pairs because participants were not able to distinguish between the speakers, so 45 pairs were selected for Pilot 2. We chose native speakers whose accents were reliably rated as native (negative rating), and foreign speakers whose accents were reliably rated as foreign (positive rating). In conclusion, participants were able to reliably rate each speaker and accurately distinguish between the foreign and native speaker for each pair.